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The Educational Administrators Impacts on the Tenure and Promotion Process
Ali Kashef, Mark Rajai University of Northern Iowa/The University of Memphis
One of the major responsibilities of a departmental head is to evaluate faculty that at times can be difficult and controversial. Therefore, it is very important for a department head to demonstrate how they can recruit a new faculty member and grant them tenure and promotion. The intent of this paper is to discuss some of the important issues associated with the educational leadership as a head/chair and how a good leader can make a difference in assisting new faculty to obtain tenure and promotion.
Important aspects of departmental leadership have been identified as dealing with politics of academe, encouraging teamwork, faculty recruitment/retention, faculty professional development, and motivating senior faculty to maintain their research activities. The other important issues for department heads/chairs are: providing new faculty with start-up money to facilitate initiation of their research, summer funding opportunities for research, travel money for presentations, assigning a graduate assistant, assigning a senior faculty as a mentor, released time, summer teaching, involving a faculty with committees at the University and national level, starting salary, salary adjustment, grant/proposal writing for external funding, and legal issues. In reality, the department head/chair needs to act as a leader to make a difference. He/she needs to demonstrate a leadership skill to support a faculty in the areas of teaching, research, and service.
The objective of this paper is to discuss some of the important issues associated with the educational leadership as a head/chair and how a good leader can make a difference in assisting new faculty to obtain tenure and promotion.
Developing Leadership Skills
A department head should discover what it takes to motivate the faculty and staff to over-achieve at work. There is good chance in some universities the department head is good and they have a dependable and trustworthy faculty and staff. But, the fact is that they can do much more for students and the profession. First of all, it is a good idea for a department head/chair to understand his/ her personal leadership style 1. It can be autocratic, directive, positional power, democratic, personal power, motivational, controlling, visionary, etc. Then, it is important to apply different leadership styles for different situations. In most cases at the university level, it
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Kashef, A., & Rajai, M. (2003, June), The Educational Administrators Impact On The Tenure And Promotion Process Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11777
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